Chittagong - New Zealand made a confident start in the first Test against
Bangladesh, reaching 93-1 by lunch on the opening day in Chittagong on
Openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford laid the
foundation with a 57-run stand after the tourists elected to bat on the
newly-laid wicket at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.
defied the Bangladesh bowlers on the slow, low pitch for 23 overs before
Rutherford top-edged spinner Sohag Gazi to mid-off after scoring a
Rutherford hit three boundaries and a six.
Fulton was unbeaten at lunch on 38 and Kane Williamson was on 15, the pair having added 36 runs so far for the second wicket.
drove the first ball he faced to the cover fence and then flicked the
fifth delivery off Shakib Al Hasan for another boundary.
who went in with three spinners - Abdur Razzak, Gazi and Shakib - brought on the slow bowlers in the sixth over itself to take advantage
of the low bounce.
The Black Caps awarded Test caps to leg-spinner
Ish Sodhi and all-rounder Corey Anderson, while batsman Marshall Ayub
was making his debut for the hosts.